On a tight budget? Under the impression that being a vegan breaks the bank? Struggling to eat healthy with a small amount of money? Find it difficult to create affordable vegan meals with basic ingredients? Follow some of my top tips for ways to save money, eat healthy and thrive as a vegan!
- Plan your meals - This is the most important one. If you plan your meals, then you know what food you need to buy and you won't feel so lost at the supermarket with the thousands of brands on offer. I find most of my meal plan inspiration on Pinterest because it's all free!
- Buy supermarket own brands - They're usually cheaper and just as good as the best selling brand. Plus, who doesn't love a good bargain?
- Buy frozen - I buy frozen fruit for smoothies so I can always mix it up without having to worry about fresh fruit going off quickly & wasting money. I still have fresh fruit in the fridge, but I always like to have some frozen mango and pineapples for my go-to smoothies. My favourite smoothie at the moment is Pineapple, coconut milk & vanilla extract because its simple and yummy!
- Never buy canned soup - Get a few ingredients, make it yourself and keep a few portions in the fridge for another day. Most soups you can make cheap & basic ingredients instead of paying £1 for a tin of soup from the supermarket. Some affordable soups to make are tomato & basil, carrot & coriander, broccoli & coconut milk & cauliflower & garlic.
- Buy in bulk - It's always cheaper.
- Drink filtered water - My fridge freezer has its own water filter so that I have fresh cold water readily available so I have no excuses!
- Create simple recipes - Struggling for inspiration? Try some of these easy vegan recipes on a budget.
- Grow your own food - I've only recently started doing this myself, but I'm already loving my new little herb garden.
- Freeze any leftovers - I always have a habit of making too much food, especially when I'm hungry and my eyes are too big for my belly and I make enough food to feed the whole street. Freezing leftovers means that you've got tomorrows lunch sorted and you're not wasting any food.
- Make it yourself - This is such a good way to save money. A good example is vegan pesto, which from Tesco costs £2.50 for a small jar, which doesn't last me long when I'm making bomb ass tomato, vegan cheese & pesto panini's for lunch every day. It's easy to make; you only need cashews, nutritional flakes, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and water.
- Buy fresh from your local market - I love having a wander around markets, and it also helps out your local farmers instead of buying from big businesses. Nowadays you have no idea what kind of pesticides and chemicals your fruit and veg have been covered with.
- Pack your own lunch - If you're a busy vegan mumma, trying to save your money or just always on the go then packing your own lunch is a must. Treat yourself to a perfectly organsied lunchbox, and fill it up with as much vegan goodies as you can fit. I love this lunch box because it has different compartments so you can mix it up every day.
Do you have any helpful vegan shopping tips on a budget? Comment below and let me know!